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Theresa May rejects EU's draft option for Northern Ireland

28/02/18   BBC: An EU proposal for the Northern Ireland border threatens the "constitutional integrity" of the United Kingdom, Theresa May has said.
The EU's draft legal agreement proposes a "common regulatory area" after Brexit on the island of Ireland - in effect keeping Northern Ireland in a customs union - if no other solution is found. Mrs May said "no UK prime minister could ever agree" to this.
The EU says the "backstop" option is not intended to "provoke" the UK
. Unveiling the draft agreement, EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier called on the UK to come up with alternatives.
He said the text was "no surprise" and was just a legally-worded assessment of what had been agreed so far.
Mr Barnier said the document contained "concrete and realistic solutions" in relation to the question of how to avoid a hard border once the UK leaves the EU's customs union.
Other options - a UK-EU deal that means checks are not needed and technological solutions - will also be explored.


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